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What does karma and dharma have to do with nirvana?

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In Buddhism Dharma is has multiple meanings. The First is the universal Law (truth) of nature, also known as Natural Law. The Second is the teachings of Buddha that applies understanding of the Natural Law to conduct of human life. Lastly, it also means phenomena or characteristics.

Karma is the concept of action or deed. In the west this is confused as the payback to your actions (Fate, e.g. It was my karma to get yelled at because I yell at everyone). This is an incorrect understanding. The reactions to your actions is the Karmic Fruit (vipaka). Your karma is the way you typically reaction to a given situation each time it happens.

Nirvana, in Buddhism, is a state of which exists no suffering. The word literally means "blowing out". That is blowing out the fires of greed, hate, and delusions.

According to The Buddha, to reach this state of Nirvana, one had to understand the Dharma, how the world is, live a life in which your karma was in tune to this world and all the creatures in it and live without delusions.

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